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Chronic fatigue syndrome: oxidative stress and dietary modifications. Logan AC, Wong C. CFS/FM Integrative Care Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada. alancloganND###excite.com Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness characterized by persistent and relapsing fatigue, often accompanied by numerous symptoms involving various body systems. The etiology of CFS remains unclear; however, a number of recent studies have shown oxidative stress may be involved in its pathogenesis. The role of oxidative stress in CFS is an important area for current and future research as it suggests the use of antioxidants in the management of CFS. Specifically, the dietary supplements glutathione, N-acetylcysteine, alpha-lipoic acid, oligomeric proanthocyanidins, Ginkgo biloba, and Vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) may be beneficial. In addition, research on food intolerance is discussed, since food intolerance may be involved in CFS symptom presentation and in oxidation via cytokine induction. Finally, recent evidence suggests celiac disease can present with neurological symptoms in the absence of gastrointestinal symptoms; therefore, celiac disease should be included in the differential diagnosis o tom
 

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Interesting Tom, thanks for posting. I know the herbalist I saw recommended antioxidants. I don't know how long I was supposed to take them before I felt their effects though. Can anyone tell me please what oxidative stress is, and how it effecks cytokine production?
 

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Here's a study on oxidative stress in CFS: http://maelstrom.stjohns.edu/CGI/wa.exe?A2...ews&F=&S=&P=200 Blood indicators of oxidative stress are associated with severity of CFS by Roger BurnsRichards RS, Roberts TK, McGregor NR, Dunstan RH, Butt HL. Blood parameters indicative of oxidative stress are associated with symptom expression in chronic fatigue syndrome. Redox Rep 2000;5(1):35-41. PMID: 10905542, UI: 20361477
 

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Susan, What is Maelsorm? It would be nice to have some info here on joining all these cfs and fibro groups?tom
 
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